Athletes Battle to Earn Spot on Canadian Squad for World Doubles Squash Championships

2017-06-19
Who will earn a place on Team Canada?
 
Starting Tuesday, 10 of Canada’s top squash players will hit the courts in Moncton, NB as Squash Moncton hosts the 2017 Canadian World Doubles Team Selection Trial
 
Over the next three days, athletes will play in over 28 matches in different combinations in hopes of earning a spot on the two men and two women Team Canada roster.  The selected Team Canada squad will then shift into high gear as they prepare to compete at the World Doubles Squash Championship in Manchester, England August 1 to 5, 2017.  Not only is a world title on the line, but a top 5 finish in Manchester would earn a Canadian berth in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
 
The team selection trial is designed to give coaches and selectors the opportunity to observe players’ ability to adapt to different partners and to demonstrate their effectiveness in both the men or women doubles’ categories as well as in mixed doubles.
 
Set to go on the men’s side are 2015 Pan Am Games doubles silver medalists, brothers Andrew and Graeme Schnell from Calgary, Montreal’s Shawn De Lierre 2015 Pan Am Men’s Team Gold medalist and a former multi-year Canadian Men’s Champion and David Baillargeon, and 2017 Canadian Squash Men’s Champion Nick Sachvie (St. Catharines) and 2017 finalist Mike McCue (Toronto). The women’s side has no shortage of talent and experience as two-time Canadian Women’s Champion Hollie Naughton (Toronto) and two-time Canadian Women's finalist Danielle Letourneau (Calgary) will be on hand, along with Canada’s highest PSA ranked player, Sam Cornett (Toronto). Naughton, Letourneau and Cornett will be joined by doubles specialist Regina’s Nikki Todd, two-time 2015 Pan Am Games silver medalist (Women’s Doubles and Women’s Team events).
 
The 3-day schedule, in its entirety, can be viewed at https://sportyhq.com/x8dw1.  Not in the Moncton area? We’ve got you covered.  You can watch as the athletes vie for a spot on the squad, live all week long.  All matches will be streamed live online at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX-bZIRfM-w_DolLN74UBWw
 
ABOUT SQUASH CANADA
Founded in 1915, Squash Canada is a non-profit, national sport governing body responsible for the development of athletes, coaches and officials and sets the standards for Canadian squash. Squash Canada is a proud member of the Pan-American and World Squash Federations and participates in the Pan-American Championships, Commonwealth & Pan-Am Games as well as World Championships at the junior and senior level. Each year Squash Canada hosts nine national championships across the country and works with its provincial and territorial partners to promote the growth and development of squash across the country.  For more information, visit www.squash.ca.  Join the conversation, get social with squash – follow Squash Canada on Facebook and Twitter.
 
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For more information:
Britany Gordon
Programs Manager, Squash Canada
(613) 228-7724 x202
britany.gordon@squash.ca

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